Media Coverage
June 25, 2015
IPA's research in Liberia with Chris Blattman of Columbia University and Jeannie Annan of the International Rescue Committee, is featured in The Atlantic article "Can Jobs Deter Crime?" The research evaluated a program aimed at young men, giving them literacy and vocational training along with cash to buy agricultural supplies. Overally the data showed the group who participated in the program spent more time on agricultural activities, and had higher assets, along with less interest in joining a new conflict in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire.
Media Coverage
February 06, 2015
The development news site DevEx discusses rebuilding West African economies after Ebola, referencing IPA's work studying the disease's economic impact. Read more about IPA's work to support the response to Ebola here, and more on the crucial role of good data in crisis reponse by IPA researchers in the New York Times here.
Katherine Casey, Rachel Glennerster, Kristen Himelein, Tavneet Suri
November 24, 2014

Since first appearing in March 2014 in rural Guinea, the Ebola virus has infected at least 17,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and killed more than 6,300, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control from early December 2014.1 To ensure the safety of our team on the ground, IPA has suspended all non-Ebola studies and operations in the region. We are now pursuing new studies that simultaneously address the Ebola crisis, capitalize on our strong local presence, and ensure the safety of our staff.

November 14, 2014
Watanic Jabateh, an enumerator for IPA in Liberia, died on October 9, 2014. She was 25.
Media Coverage
October 31, 2014
Media Coverage
July 07, 2014
In an op-ed for the New York Times, IPA researcher Chris Blattman raises the idea of cash transfers to the homeless in the United States.
Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala, Sebastian Martinez, Jeannie Annan
July 09, 2012

Over at The Smoke-Filled Room, Yale PhD student Suparna Chaudhry writes:

Christopher Blattman, Julian Jamison, Margaret Sheridan
December 27, 2010

Chris Blattman describes an update on one of his projects with IPA in Liberia:

Helen, the research assistant overseeing the targeting, surveying, and behavioral measurement emails me on progress:

…surprisingly none of our equipment disappeared and none of our enumerators were juked, harassed or hustled from.

Christopher Blattman, Jeannie Annan, Robert Blair
November 26, 2010

Chris Blattman is off to Liberia to check in on a couple of projects being implemented with IPA. I'm pretty sure our excellent field staff will have everything under control.

One project is a study on a training program for former civil war combatants, another an evaluation of a peace education program. If you thought that RCTs couldn't do governance, you thought wrong.


August 05, 2010

Alanna Sheikh started a bit of a debate last week on the limitations of impact evaluations. She cites Andrew Natsios (a former USAID administrator)

Media Coverage
July 08, 2010
IPA Researcher Chris Blattman's evaluation of an intervention aimed at Street Youth in Liberia is covered by the BBC's The World program.  Listen to the audio here, including interviews with Liberia Country Director Tricia Gonwa and Professor Blattman.